Monthly Archives: May 2014

Southeastern Winter Wheat Nearing Finish Line

It’s been one of the toughest wheat crops in recent memory, but we’re finally into the home stretch, and Randy Weisz, NC State Extension small grain specialist says harvest could be begin as early as next week: “We are coming

Livestock Numbers Light Moving Through Auctions

At the weekly livestock auction held Tuesday at Mount Airy a total of 373 cattle and 58 goats were sold.  Slaughter cows trended mostly steady, feeder steers trended higher, and heifers trended mixed when compared to the previous sale. N.C.

Palmetto State Sees Little Rain in Latest Crop Progress Report

The latest crop progress report for South Carolina states that there were more than 6 days suitable for field work in the week ended May 25th with little rainfall across the state.  Jeffrey Fellers in Union County reports that areas

NC Farmer ‘Retiring’ From USFRA’s Faces of Farming Program

Rowland, NC’s Bo Stone has been one of the inaugural group of Faces of Farming and Ranching with the United States Farmer & Rancher Alliance.  That tenure will be coming to end later this summer.  Stone talks about what the

NC State Economist Mike Walden – What Really is GDP?

Mary Walden:  Mike, GDP, which stands for Gross Domestic Product is a keenly watched barometer of our economy.  Some argue it is the very best measure of the economy. But, what exactly does this number represent? Mike Walden:  Mary, it

How to Combat Mosquito Problems

The mosquitoes are bad lately, with all our standing water. Ponds with fish in them are not the problem as fish will eat the immature mosquitoes. It’s the small wet weather water holding areas and old dog bowls and even

Southeastern Corn Crop Recovering from Rough Start

Much like 2013, the 2014 corn crop has gotten off to a rough start, but Ron Heiniger, NC State Corn specialist says at least the crop is at least in the ground: “We finally have about 99% of it planted

NC Wholesale Strawberries Wrapping Up

At the livestock auctions held Monday in Siler City and Turnersburg a total of 840 cattle and 25 goats were sold.  Compared to last week, breaking type slaughter cows trended mixed, 1.00 lower to 5.00 higher; boning type were steady

How NASS Collects Data and Keeps it Secure

It’s happening more and more often, a security breach of one sort or another.  So, with  survey season kicking into high gear for USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service – NASS wants producers to know they can be confident in their

Former Osage Bio Energy Plant Up and Running Under New Ownership

An ethanol plant in Hopewell, Virginia that sat idle since 2010 has begun operations under its new owner. Vireol Bio Energy LLC originally had planned to dismantle the plant and ship the equipment to its plant in the UK. The